The Innovation School

The Innovation School is designed to help you discover innovative solutions or products for your company and to develop this skill as you progress in your career.  Successful companies hone and harness the entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial spirit within their employees and leverage it for greater success.

4 Days to Becoming an Innovator
Introducing the Innovation School

During this 4-day bootcamp, you'll learn about the key methodologies for discovering, developing and launching innovative solutions and products. This hands-on program is perfect for those seeking to participate in the innovation economy - as an innovator at their company, at a start-up venture or as an entrepreneur.

Identify high potential ideas
Validate Key Tactics
Innovation Experimentation
Develop pitches for new solutions

Design thinking
Leadership
Collaboration and teamwork

SUNDAY – 23 July

18:00........Welcome Reception 

MONDAY – 24 July

08:00........Breakfast
09:00........Welcome + Meet the Mentors
10:00........Idea Generation + Recognition
11:00........Key Tools for Innovation
12:00........Lunch + Ideation Exercise
13:30........Idea Pitching + Team Formation
15:30........ Customer Discovery + Research (Part 1)
16:30........ Team Hypothesis Determination  + Strategy Building
18:30........Dinner + Keynote: Leveraging Innovation as a Strategy, Alicia Remus, Nokia

TUESDAY – 25 July

08:00........Breakfast
09:00........ Customer Discovery + Research (Part 2)
10:00........ Customer Research + Evidence Gathering
12:00 .......Lunch
12:30........ Traveling Your Path, Amy Esklison,  Inrad Optics
13:30........ Customer Research + Evidence Gathering
15:00........Team Progress Updates #1
17:00........Team Feedback + Mentoring
18:00........Dinner
18:30........ Role of Innovation in Corporations of all Sizes, Peter Fendel, Thorlabs
19:30........Team Breakouts

WEDNESDAY – 26 July

09:00........ Experimentation through Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) + Prototypes
10:00........ Independent Team Work: MVP + Prototypes
12:00........Lunch
12:30........ From Start-Up to Acquisition, Martin Seifert, Entrepreneur
13:00........ Independent Team Work: MVP + Prototypes
15:00........Team Presentations + Feedback
17:00........ The Science, $, & Dilemmas of Innovation, John Dexheimer, LightWave Advisors and     Fred Leonberger, EOvation Advisor
18:30........Dinner
19:00........Innovation as a Career
20:00........Team Breakouts

THURSDAY – 27 July

08:00........Breakfast
09:00........Best Practices for the Perfect Pitch
10:00........Final Team Preparation + Rehearsal
12:00........Lunch
12:30........Final Pitches + Judging
14:30........ Importance of Diversity in Innovative Companies, Lora Allemeier, Ocean Optics
15:15........Pitch Panel Results
15:30........Closing Reception

Your Team of Experts


Eric Koester, Facilitator: The Innovation School will be facilitated by Eric Koester, serial entrepreneur and “entrepreneur-in-residence” at Georgetown University, USA. Eric will lead attendees through a series of lectures focused on the lean canvas business model, key tools for innovation exploration, customer discovery, experimentation with minimum viable products (MVP’s) and prototypes, and applying the methodologies of innovation as an entrepreneur or intrapreneur.

Mentors: Throughout the program, you will have access to mentors serving as guides as you explore an innovation/product, validate the concept with potential customers, develop and refine a pitch and begin thinking about next steps in terms of actual market value/impact.

Francois Busque, Director of Research and Development, Technologies Numetrix, Canada
Carlos Lopez-Mariscal, Founder and CEO,  Underwater Photonics, Mexico
Mike Mielke, Director of Engineering, Lumentum, USA
Arlene Smith, Program Manager, Avo Photonics, USA
Yasaman Soudagar, Founder and CEO,  Neurescence, Inc., Canada
Greg Quarles, Chief Scientist, The Optical Society, USA
 
Keynote Presentation and Guest Mentors: Top industry leaders will support the program by offering lectures on their experiences as innovators and entrepreneurs. Additionally, they will be on-hand to help hone concepts, validate assumptions, question conclusions and guide you toward a successful pitch.

Lora Allemeier, President, Ocean Optics, USA
John Dexheimer, President, LightWave Advisors, USA
Amy Eskilson, CEO, Inrad Optics, USA
Peter Fendel, Head of Laser Division, Thorlabs, USA
Alicia Remus, Innovation Collaborations Ecosystems and BEll Labs Procurement Director, Nokia
Martin Seifert, Entrepreneur, USA

Pitch Panel Judges: A panel of industry experts, innovation leaders and investors will evaluate each presentation and determine the best innovation pitch.

Stephen Bachmann, Backmann Law Group
John Dexheimer, President, LightWave Advisors, USA
Elizabeth Rogan, CEO, The Optical Society, USA
Mark Tolbert, CEO, TOPTICA Photonics, Inc, USA

 

Pre-course Preparation (Attendee Only)

Participate in a 3-part webinar focused on idea generation and review a set of advanced readings. There will be training on a networking and team discussion facilitation platform called Quip. Quip will be used to help attendees create, discuss and organize their work leading up to the final pitches

OSA - The Optical Society